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    Posted January 31, 2014 by
    Turku, Finland

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    American music from Detroit to Finland by the band Detroit - rhythm  & blues with country influences
    A rhythm & blues band  that started up with Roland Wilson, native of Detroit, Michigan. Roland  Wilson moved across the Atlantic to the City of Turku in Finland. The  founder has kept the good sound and creates a remarkable music together  with drummer and producer Christer Karjalainen.

    Roland  Wilson was born in Detroit, MI in a family with a strong country music  heritage. His father Art Wilson was a country singer with the Tumbleweed  Ramblers. The family had moved from Memphis to Detroit, where Roland  grew up and absorbed the music of that city. In 1973 he went into the  military service and was shipped to Germany as a radio operator. There  he met a Finnish woman, and subsequently moved to Finland. He now lives  in the town of Raisio outside the city of Turku.

    He started the band Detroit in 1989, together with  Christer Karjalainen, a Finnish native and former professional drummer,  and a group of other players. The band´s musical roots can be found in  Motown, Stax and Memphis, with influences from artists such as Steve  Cropper, Booker T and the MGs, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, The Allman  Brothers, etc. The band´s music is mostly written by Wilson, and also  contains influences from country music. Some tunes are actually country  tunes done in a slightly different way...as can be heard on their fourth  album named "IV".

    Detroit has performed at prestigious festivals such  as the Ruisrock Festival in Turku, the Rauma Blues festival, the  Puistoblues Festival, and the DBTL Festivals in Turku, and clubs around  Southern Finland.

    The band is now into its sixth line-up, with Roland  Wilson (vocals and guitar), Judo Jalava (keyboards and vocals), Teijo  Saarinen (bass), and Christer Karjalainen (drums). This version of the  band is now using the name Detroit Rhythm & Blues Band, so as not to  be confused with other bands using somewhat similar names...

    The band has recently released their fifth album,  called "Back To The Motor City". As all other albums, this was recorded  at the drummer´s studio KC Sound. The music is pretty diverse,  containing blues, elements from jazz, some slightly funky stuff, rock,  and even pop, while the album "IV" also contained country elements, as  in Wilson´s tune "Our Friends". "The Great University of Hard Knocks",  also by Wilson, is actually a country tune done in a slightly different  way.

    Roland Wilson and his band are highly appreciated in  Finland. Still, the music scene has changed pretty much, so the band  does not perform in public that often. Detroit is nevertheless  continuing to record new material, as Wilson is writing new songs with  interesting stories.

    As an Editor for CNN Ireport, and A CUSTOMER at K.C. SOUND STUDIO In  Turku, I will recommend this BAND and their MUSIC from The Bottom Of My  Heart. THEY are great, You sure won´t fall asleep when they perform for  you.

    Cordially Producer Singer & Songwriter


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